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XCOM 2

2 years ago

You And Me Against The World: XCOM 2 Co-op Mod Out

Two-player co-op has arrived in XCOM 2 [official site] with the first beta release of a mod which hopes to one day support twelve-player co-op. Two seems a good number to start with, though. You have someone to bounce ideas off, someone for moral support and encouragement, someone to plan and scheme with, and someone to blame when snakes are choking out your champ.

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3 years ago

Steam Game Charts: So Much Sky, Man

Hullo! One day later than usual because I spent yesterday on a beach next to an industrial estate, but as always, here's what sold best on Steam last week. It is ever so faintly possible that you might have a very slight inkling as to what is number one. I could not possibly comment myself.

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More XCOM 2 Enemies Modded In By Long War Studios

The gang behind revered XCOM mod Long War have released yet another mod for XCOM 2 [official site], bringing loads of new enemies and enemy variants. Fancy facing a snakelady sharpshooter, an overwatch-happy Advent Sentry, or a honking great Hive Queen? They'd love to have a crack at you. Head on over to the Steam Workshop to grab the Long War Alien Pack.

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Long War Studios Release New XCOM 2 Mods

The Long War is one of the great mods, expanding Firaxis' XCOM reboot in ways that called back to the campaign of the original game while also building on what was brilliant in the new version. The team behind it formed a studio and are now working on their own aliens vs Earth game, Terra Invicta, as well as Firaxis-approved mods for XCOM 2 [official…

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XCOM 2 Adds Robotic Buddies In Shen’s Last Gift DLC

Mechanical men have arrived in XCOM 2 [official site] with today's release of the DLC pack Shen's Last Gift. I'd expected the DLC would add cyborg MEC Troopers like those in XCOM: Enemy Within but nope, the potential new squadmates are proper robits. That's paid DLC but everyone can benefit from the new patch which also launched tonight. It brings performance improvements, bug fixes, and…

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XCOM 2 Alien Hunters DLC Slips On Snakeskin Boots

Alien bosses beamed down into XCOM 2 [official site] today with the release of the Alien Hunters DLC pack. These 'Rulers' are nasty variants of alien species who can turn up in missions unannounced, duff you up good, then scamper off to return in later missions. Which sounds great/horrible. They also bring new weapons and, if you're feeling bold, you can hollow the Rulers out…

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Boss Aliens! New XCOM 2 DLC Sounds Rad

I really shouldn't use the word 'rad.' I'm an Englishman - not in the alarmingly out-of-touch Zac Goldsmith sense, just in the nebbishly undemonstrative sense. I just can't get away with boisterously hurling around ironic '80s terms like they do in San Francisco. But by God, the new XCOM 2 [official site] DLC sounds rad. The Alien Hunters pack features, basically, boss aliens who show…

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Ooooh: X-COM Creator Julian Gollop Announces New ‘Turn-Based Tactical Combat Game’

Yer actual breaking news (by which I mean I currently have few details but wanted to inform you as soon as possible because I am very excited). Julian Gollop, legendary co-creator of the X-COM series, plus Laser Squad, Chaos and most recently Chaos Reborn, just revealed the next game from his Snapshot Studios. We only have a name, Phoenix Point, and the following description: "Turn…

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XCOM 2 Anarchy’s Children DLC Out Today

Happy Saint Paddy's Day one and all! A day for dressing up in garish green hats, novelty glasses, and orange wigs. Which is what I assume we'll be able to do in the latest XCOM 2 [official site] expansion, Anarchy's Children, which promises "100 new exotic customization options for your soldiers, including new hair styles, face paints, armor, lower face props, decals, helmets, masks and…

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XCOM 2 Patch Targets Performance, Balance, Bugs

Firaxis have released a big ole patch for XCOM 2 [official site], aiming to improve everything from performance to balance. Even as one of the lucky folks who hasn't had many problems with XCOM 2 (I mean, aside from when I had the final mission turn into a colourful glitch-o-rama), I'm glad to see some of these changes. The new 'Zip Mode', which trims a…

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First XCOM 2 DLC Inbound, But No Perfomance Fix Yet

Well, in fairness, they've still got a week to squeak out a much-needed fix for the otherwise great XCOM 2 [official site]'s assorted technical issues before the Anarchy's Children DLC arrives next week. They might yet do right by us. Leaves a bit of a bad taste in the mouth to even be talking about flogging extra content before the base game's fully ship-shape, though…

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XCOM 2’s Pretty Final Mission Glitch-O-Rama

I finished XCOM 2 [official site] last night and had, up until the final mission, evaded the troubles some suffer. Then the end neared and everything glitched out into a psychedelic wonderland, flashing and morphing through loads of different types of graphics glitches. These bugs are great! I wish I'd had them all along! What are you all complaining about? Sheesh! Here, I snapped a…

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Missed: First XCOM 2 Patch Doesn’t Help Much

The technically-troubled XCOM 2 [official site] squeaked out its first patch last night, but if you were praying for some kind of omni-fix for its chaotic framerate, I'm afraid you're going to have to grumpily return to Overwatch. The patch does squash a couple of nasty crash-bugs, but doesn't do anything meaningful to performance despite the claim that it smooths some of the spikes off…

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XCOM 2’s Weird Caps Lock Load Time Trick Explained

One of the weirder performance-improving tips you may have heard for XCOM 2 [official site] is speeding up load times by hitting the Caps Lock key. It sounded unlikely, but it has worked for me. Others found it made them wait even longer, as XCOM 2 would crash and they'd need to relaunch it and reload and probably say some rude words on top I…

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Four And A Half Million Dead: XCOM 2 Stats

Firaxis have unveiled an XCOM 2 [official site] stat-tracking page that shows how many soldiers have died, how many aliens have been killed and other such details. Four and a half million XCOM soldiers dead in less than a week since launch. Good work, Commanders. Five percent of those soldiers met their end at the hands and teeth of a zombie. Really great work, Commanders,…

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Here’s When XCOM 2 Will Unlock (Today For Some!)

It's X-COM a-gogo round here today, with Xenonauts 2 confirmed and XCOM 2 [official site] out on Frida- wait, actually it's out today for some. Publishers 2K Games have shared XCOM 2's exact release times across the globe, so you can figure out if you'll have time for a cheeky battle or two before bed. Round our way, XCOM 2 will unlock at 11:01pm tonight…

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X Dash COMING: Xenonauts 2 Confirmed, Going 3D

XCOM 2 is out this week and I'm pretty flipping excited. But what of people whose hearts yearn for X-COM, the bedashed original series Firaxis rebooted and dedashed? Good news: Xenonauts 2 [official site] is definitely happening. Bad news: it'll arrive in 2017 at the earliest. Goldhawk Interactive's Xenonauts, which came out in 2014 after years in early access, is essentially a tweaked unofficial remake…

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Long War Team Reveal XCOM 2’s Launch Day Mods

XCOM 2 [official site] is pretty flipping great, is Wot Adam Thinks. But should you fancy tinkering with that fine formula, a few mods will be available when the game launches on Friday, thanks to the Long War folks teaming up with Firaxis. Now we've heard what these mods are and no, they haven't made Long War 2. Instead, you can expect things like a…

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